The advantages of a digital watch

August 28, 2011 at 09:19


Accuracy: Olden day watches were solely reliant on the skill of the watch maker. Those watches were made up of several hundred parts amongst which many were movable parts. These parts were interlinked using precision tools and highly specialized skills. Each movable part triggered another parts movement and this network of links was required for the eventual functioning of the watch. The accuracy of time display was also directly linked these many movable parts. In fact, the entire mechanism of the watch was called movement (at this term continues to this day). Time accuracy was almost never achieved in those watches and even the available accuracy gradually diminished because of faults in the movement caused by natural wear and tear. Modern day digital watch “movement” contains just a few parts connected through a circuit and this unit guarantees accuracy till the 1000th part of a millisecond. It is possible to synchronize the digital watch to the correct time and not experience a lag or slow down throughout its life time.

Cost effectiveness: A digital watch is available in the market for just a few dollars and even that can offer unmatched accuracy of time. A relatively costlier watch with a better movement mechanism can cost a little more but even this cost is fractional when compared to the cost of a traditionally manufactured watch. This cheap price is made possible because of the digital technology involved in the manufacturing. The digital watch is run by a unit that is nothing but a microchip that is connected with a few other components through a circuit. The entire circuit is fused together and connected to a power source and display outlet. Display outlet is usually a digital screen but can sometimes be the traditional analog ‘hands’. The entire set up can be assembled within a few minutes and the components are available individually for a few dollars. It is extremely cheap to manufacture a digital watch and it is reflected on the cost price of the units.

Maintenance: To be honest, digital watches are so cheap that repairing them can cost almost as much as the cost of the digital watch itself. But, even this is fractional when compared to the maintenance, upkeep and service costs involved with the traditional watches, which contain multiple movable parts that are prone to breakdown due to wear and tear. A digital watch does not break down so easily and even if there is a problem, the repair cost only involves changes in circuitry which is very cheap.